Dream Theater Australian Shows Announced

Dream TheaterIf there is one name that is synonymous with modern Post Progressive Metal, it would undeniably be Dream Theater. The supreme lords of the genre own their style, best described as mixing the progressive tendencies of bands such as Pink Floyd, Rush and Yes with the metal edge of Metallica and Iron Maiden. With a career spanning close to 30 years, Dream Theater have recorded over 10 million album sales around the world to a fanatical diehard fanbase.  Read More …

REVIEW: Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker

Gibson Les Paul Melody MakerThere are certain things we think of when we hear ‘Gibson Les Paul.’ Chief among these are the single cutaway design, two pickups each with their own volume and tone controls, and a carved top. And Gibson’s long-running Melody Maker model differs from this in many key ways, including a slab body, pickguard-mounted controls (most often just single volume and tone knobs), and usually just a single pickup. The Les Paul Melody Maker combines aspects of both designs and it does so in a way that brings out the best elements of each at a price that’s almost unheard of for a US-made guitar.  Read More …

INTERVIEW: Mike Fortin of Randall Amplifiers

Randall Amplifiers has been home to many talented engineers over the years, starting with Gary Sunde and even including Bruce Egnater who invented the MTS modular series. In particular the company has long been an innovator in the world of high-gain amps. So who do you turn to when you want to kick it up to a new level? Randall Brand Director Joe Delaney enlisted the services of world-renowned heavy metal amp engineer Mike Fortin to reinvent Randall for the 21st Century. Coming from the likes of Korg/Marshall USA and Yamaha (and of course his own Fortin brand amps), Mike understands distortion. Randall purchased two of these designs – the NATAS and MEATHEAD – and these are now known as the THRASHER and 667. But that’s not all; Fortin has used those amps as springboards for new designs too, including the SATAN signature model for Six Feet Under/Feared guitarist Ola Englund, the NULLIFIER for Anthrax’s Scott Ian, and the forthcoming CAGE 103 for Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and a new line for Meshuggah’s Fredrik Thordendal. I caught up with Fortin to chat about what makes his amps tick. Read More …

Epiphone G-1275 Doubleneck Giveaway

G-1275DblNck_SplashEpiphone is giving away a Limited Edition G-1275 Doubleneck – yes, the ‘Jimmy Page’ style 6/12-string beast. The giveaway is open to residents 18 years and over from the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, and select countries in the EU. Visit Epiphone.com for more details, but here’s the press release (and please note that I have nothing to do with this, I’m just sharing the news, so please don’t complain to me if your country is not eligible! Every time I post these I seem to get a torrent of abuse which is really fun).

PRESS RELEASE: Epiphone is home to the world’s best professional instruments on a working musician’s budget and this August, Epiphone continues its monthly giveaways by offering guitar players and Epiphone fans around the world the chance to win the new Limited-Edition G-1275 Doubleneck 6-string and 12-string with a custom hard carrying case.* Read More …

Jackson 2014 Summer Releases

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PRESS RELEASE: Jackson is pleased to announce two new Jackson Custom Shop limited edition guitars and a signature bass guitar charged with new features, and designed for speed and killer looks.

Jackson Custom Select (JCS) Series

Jackson Custom Select Series instruments are Jackson’s top-line best, recalling the time-honored traditions of the ’80s-era Jackson Custom Shop. Nowhere else will you find U.S.-built production-model shred machines of such stellar design, peerless performance and superior craftsmanship, brought to life by the best builders in the business. Read More …

REVIEW: Duesenberg Starplayer-TV

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Duesenberg Guitars was founded in Hanover, Germany in 1991, but if you were to look at their guitars without knowing this fact, you’d be forgiven for thinking they’re a classic American brand from the 50s. Their designs have that retro-futuristic cool, like something from an Eisenhower-era science fiction movie about rock n’ rollers from 2014. This vibe is enhanced somewhat by the branch that the company opened in Fullerton, California in 2004. Their designs are augmented by Art Déco motifs including a recurring ‘three step geometry’ vibe which you can see in the headstock, pickguard, pickup surrounds, selector knob and of course the ‘D’ of the Dusenberg logo itself. No matter the model, when you see a Dusenberg you know exactly what it is. The particular model on review here is a Starplayer-TV, essentially Duesenberg’s flagship model. Read More …

How Does Analog Delay Work?

DM-2W_DR_XNew on the excellent Roland Australia blog: a really great article on how analog delay works. Here’s a tiny excerpt: “No doubt, you have heard the delay effect before. Delay and rock music have shared a rich history together; from the first slapback effect heard on Elvis’ “That’s All Right” to the current powerful delay machines gracing the pedalboards of the stars. Delay and Roland/BOSS also share a connected past that includes the iconic tape-machine repeats of the Roland RE-201 Space Echo and the dark, warm echoes of the first analog stompbox, the BOSS DM-2 and DM-3. Delay has been a favoured effect for generations of guitarists, with many forming their signature sound around it. But when did delay first appear?” Go here to read the article.